Che (Cyrillic)
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Che Cyrillic
Cyrillic letter Che
Cyrillic letter Che - uppercase and lowercase.svg
Phonetic usage:[t?], [t?]
Numeric value:90
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
Non-Slavic letters
Archaic letters

Che or Cha (? ?; italics: ? ?) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.

It commonly represents the voiceless postalveolar affricate /t?/, like ⟨tch⟩ in "switch".

In English, it is romanized most often as ⟨ch⟩ but sometimes as ⟨tch⟩, like in French. In German, it can be transcribed as ⟨tsch⟩. In linguistics, it is transcribed as ⟨?⟩ so "Tchaikovsky" (? in Russian) may be transcribed as Chaykovskiy or ?ajkovskij.


The name of Che in the Early Cyrillic alphabet was (?r?v?), meaning "worm".

In the Cyrillic numeral system, Che had a value of 90.


Slavic languages

In all Slavic languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet, except Russian, Che represents the voiceless postalveolar affricate /t?/.

In Russian, Che usually represents the voiceless alveolo-palatal affricate /t/, like the Mandarin pronunciation of j in pinyin. However, in a few words, it is pronounced as /t?/, like in Russian: .

In Russian, in a few words, it represents /?/ (like English ⟨sh⟩ in "shape"): Russian: , , ?.

In China

The 1955 version of Hanyu pinyin contained the Che for the sound [t?] (for which later the letter j was used),[1] apparently because of its similarity to the Bopomofo letter?.

The Latin Zhuang alphabet used a modified Hindu-Arabic numeral 4, strongly resembling Che, from 1957 to 1986 to represent the fourth (falling) tone. In 1986, it was replaced by the Latin letter X.

Related letters and other similar characters

Computing codes

Character information
Preview Ч ч
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1063 U+0427 1095 U+0447
UTF-8 208 167 D0 A7 209 135 D1 87
Numeric character reference Ч Ч ч ч
Named character reference Ч ч
KOI8-R and KOI8-U 254 FE 222 DE
Code page 855 252 FC 251 FB
Code page 866 151 97 231 E7
Windows-1251 215 D7 247 F7
ISO-8859-5 199 C7 231 E7
Macintosh Cyrillic 151 97 247 F7


External links

  • The dictionary definition of ? at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of ? at Wiktionary

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